|Thanks to Anthology Candles, my lovely little Victorian apartment now smells like Scarlett's southern plantation! ;)|
The other day, my boyfriend asked "What would you like to do this weekend?" He laughed when I told him that I wanted to visit a little shop down the road and smell all the candles.
I love candles. I love how they smell. I love how they set the mood for writing, for cleaning, for cuddling with my cats while binge-watching historical period drama. I love how they make wonderful, usable gifts – to give and receive.
I'm super excited to introduce you to Anthology Candles. The handcrafted, all-natural, soy candles are inspired by music, books, and movies. The scents are completely unique and ideal gifts for the unique, hard-to-buy-for. There's one inspired by Ed Sheeran's romantic Thinking Out Loud. Another, called The Great Pumpkin, is a spiced pumpkin ode to Charlie Brown. You'll even find one inspired by the Mad Hatter's Tea Party. I love the variety.
So when Anthology Candles offered to send me over some goodies to sample, I was particularly intrigued by Tara. Gone with the Wind is my favorite movie and one of my favorite books. I imagined lighting the Tara candle, pouring a bit of brandy, putting my Goodwill-find Gone with the Wind record on the turntable, and pretending Rhett Butler is in the next room, smoking a cigar and waiting for me. A girl can dream, right?
Anthology Candles sent me the Tara candle and a tealight sampler to enjoy. Here are my thoughts – accompanied by ideas for gift giving.
So this must be what Scarlett O'Hara's home smelled like. It's lovely. If this were available in a lotion and perfume, I'd wear it on my body. It's feminine, with the just right mixture of sweet and floral. Magnolia, honeysuckle, and jasmine mingle with a bit of clean cotton in a feminine fragrance that's the perfect balance of sweet and floral. I looooove it. Now, if only Rhett Butler would show up. ;)
|Gift Idea: Tara candle + Gone with the Wind + Essie's "Scarlett O'Hara" nail polish|
+ a green velvet bow, reminiscent of Scarlett's famous dress made from green velvet drapes
This is my favorite music. Seeing it at the Fox theatre in St. Louis is one of my favorite memories. The fresh, woodsy scent of this candle transports me to the forests around Elphaba's dear old Shiz. Did it transport me by magical broomstick? Maybe. ;)
|Gift Idea: Defying Gravity candle, Wicked t-shirt, and (if you're feeling generous) tickets to see Wicked live!|
Let It Go
I adore Anna, Elsa, and especially Olaf. This winterfrseh mix of minty goodness and a bit of sweetness is the perfect candle to light once the world outside turns into a winter wonderland.
|Gift Idea: Let It Go candle + pretty snowflake earrings + Philosophy's "Twinkling Snowflakes" set|
First of all, I love the deep purple hue of this candle. And the smell – tobacco, leather, earthy wood – is exactly what I imagine 221-B Baker Street to smell like. I'd love to burn this while binge-watching BBC's Sherlock series. (Note: This is also a guy-safe candle smell. It smells rich and wonderful without being girly.)
|Gift Idea: Sherlock's Flat candle + 221-B Necklace + Sherlock knee-high socks|
+ The Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arther Conan Doyle
Winter is Coming
Don't get me started on how most of last season's Game of Thones was disappointing. (Team Daenerys and dragons, btw.) Winter is indeed coming, but this candle ought to put you at ease a little bit. It's invigorating and calming with hints of juniper trees, eucalyptus, and a hint of spearmint. (Another guy-safe smell, too.)
|Gift Idea: Winter is Coming candle + dragon's egg necklace + Funko Pop! Daenerys figure + Khaleesi t-shirt|
Alice and her adventures in Wonderland were one of my favorite books (and Disney movies) when I was little. I had to have this one in my sampler pack to find out how a candle could smell like tea! It does not disappoint, but it's not what I expected. It's sweet and cakey without being overly saccharine. It lets off a warm and cozy fragrance of vanilla, Chamomile, and cinnamon. And the orange color is as lovely as a cup of strongly brewed tea. :)
|Gift Idea: Mad Hatter's Tea Part + Mad Hatter tea cup + English Breakfast tea|
+ Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
Hansel and Gretel's House
This story was a childhood favorite of mine (second only to Three Billy Goats' Gruff, but I don't want to know what that would smell like...) Long story short: This candle smells good enough to eat. It inspires mad cravings for warm and spicy-sweet gingerbread. And if you built a house that smelled this good, I'd probably be caught nibbling on it, too.
|Gift Idea: Hansel and Gretel's House candle + nostalgic Hansel and Gretel Golden Book +|
gingerbread cookie mix + Philosophy's gingerbread 3-in-1 shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath
From Fields of Gold to Autumn Leaves and Chestnuts Roasting to I'll Be Home for Christmas, Anthology has an array of candles to put you and your home in the holiday-scented spirit. From Lord of the Rings' Rivendell to Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, a candle pairs well with a book for birthdays/Christmas.
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Scents are available as candles, tea lights, and soy wax tarts (for you melters out there). Did I mention the prices are perfect? Head over now to scope out candles for yourself, friends, and family.
Oh! And Anthology Candles is giving one lucky The Lovely Side reader one candle and a six-tealight sampler pack. Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. :) Good luck and happy smells!